Walking around Vigan is very pleasing to the eyes, its streets boast intricate architecture, plus so much history. Yet, one’s curiosity isn’t the only thing that’s filled while in Vigan city, also your stomach! I’ve dedicated this post for your tummy needs while in Vigan!
Mena Crisologo Street, Plaza Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Built from the ruins of the great fire in 1797, stands a two-story house with Spanish design of the Florentino clan of Vigan. This historic house turned restaurant is just right off the base of the iconic heritage street of Calle Crisologo. It’s named after the first poetess of the country, subtle satirist and playwright, Leona Florentino. And poetry translates into food at this restaurant. Though they offer international dishes, the local ones are the bestsellers. Cafe Leona is very popular among tourists, but the queue is worth waiting for their Sinigang na Malaga.
Craving for a good ol’ coffee and chill? Check out this neighborhood cafe in the middle of Vigan city. You can choose from their two locations, one in Salcedo, and another branch along Calle Crisologo. The vibe is so cozy, perfect for hot/cold brew. Plus pasta, sandwiches, and sweets.
Plaridel St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
”It ain’t Vigan without empanada,” – is the mantra of this specialty restaurant. They’re championing their empanada dough with their secret rice flour mix. The crust is crispy yet soft and delicate. Plus generous fillings of cabbage, papaya strips, Vigan longganisa or local sausage, and egg. Best eaten when the empanada’s right off of the frier. For the hot and rich yolk blends with the garlicky and salty bits of Vigan longganisa. Then sprinkle with sukâng Iloko or native vinegar for an added taste punch. Their empanada flavors match the restaurant’s decor, a rustic courtyard alfresco dining featuring local artists’ pieces and the signature antiques of the heritage city. Not to mention the owner’s favorite bike frames as accents. This crunchy pastry is to be enjoyed all-day at Plaridel St., City of Vigan.
Right next to the post office, local folks line up even before this hole-in-the-wall specialty restaurant opens. All after a hot bowl of sinanglao/sinanglaw. A stew dish of beef tendon and innards boiled for hours until tender. Each serving comes with fresh chopped local onions. The clear broth is rich and savory, perfect with white rice. Each table has bottles of fish sauce, local vinegar, and cooked bile, yes, bile, for the added flavor profile to one’s liking. Such a hearty meal any time of the day.
Have you tried any of these restaurants? Which is your top pick? Or suggest more in the comments!